How does Onshape’s Cloud-Native PDM System Work?
Onshape’s built-in PDM provides all the power of a traditional file-based PDM system without the workflow hassles or costs of traditional PDM systems.
While PDM systems are an incremental improvement to the DIY management of design files, they are inherently plagued with the same challenges because they are still based on files. This introduces bottlenecks such as file check in/out, locking and corruption which slow down work productivity and restricts iteration. To make matters worse, there is no single source of truth for design data leading to version issues that can accidentally overwrite new design modifications and make it difficult to explore alternative design options. In addition to these issues, filebased systems are susceptible to security risks, leading to an increased chance of a company’s intellectual data being accessed by unauthorized users.
In order to address some of these aforementioned challenges, some file-based PDM systems are starting to integrate cloud capabilities (i.e. copying files to and from cloud servers); yet, these solutions fail to address traditional PDM’s fundamental problems.
However, Onshape’s fileless approach to PDM is built into its CAD platform, effectively removing the design bottlenecks that come with file-based PDM systems. Structured to always have only one single source of design truth, Onshape’s fileless architecture grants engineers and extended design teams improved design transparency, real-time access to data, and unparalleled security like never before.